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Kits & Building Materials

 

Acquiring the materials to build a woodstrip/epoxy craft can be a challenging process.

Bear Mountain offers the best materials conveniently shipped to your door. We use the same professional, precise materials to build boats in our workshop as we provide to our clients. We are happy to share our knowledge and experience to ensure that each customer will end up with a boat to be proud of.

Why are our prices higher than other companies?

We provide a higher quality product – we do not buy low grade cedar which is cut and bundled hastily. All our strips are full length and carefully handled. Our fiberglass cloth comes from a reputable manufacturer not an offshore producer with no standards. We use West® System epoxy because we know it is safe and easy for a first time builders to achieve good results. We could sell a cheaper epoxy with higher profit margins but we sell what we use and trust. Like anything else in life you get what you pay for….there is no point in spending hours building a boat with cheap materials. We want you to be proud of your boat. Bear Mountain Canoe Kits Bear Mountain Kayak KitsBear Mountain Small Boat Kits

Prices for Shipping a Complete Kit

Kits must be shipped via commercial transport truck due the full length bundle of strips we provide.

NOTE: Shipping companies charge based on a minimum of 100 lbs. For this reason if you purchase one piece such as the gunnels or an entire kit the shipping cost will remain the same. It will not likely to feasible to ship one set of accent planks or one pair of gunnels as it will cost the same as shipping an entire kit.

Seats and other small items can be shipped via UPS or the postal service and would not be affected by this length restriction.

EASTERN CANADA $150
WESTERN CANADA $200
WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER $200
EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER $150
(Some exceptions may apply)

Our wooden components are supplied by Ron Frenette of Canadian Canoes. Ron, a retired outdoor educator, has been helping people build and paddle canoes and kayaks for over 30 years. Be sure to check Ron’s web site which contains an extensive photo gallery of canoes and kayaks being built. 

We purchase 22 ft long old growth western red cedar logs from a mill on the west coast of Canada – wood of this quality is becoming very hard to find and is expensive – but it is worth it and we are happy that this Canadian resource is being used to build boats that will survive for generations of paddlers.

Ron organizes the milling of the strips so that the result is a collection of strips with accurate bead and cove edges, keeping all the strips from each board together in the order that they were cut. This will give you control over what your hull will look like when you plank it.

People wonder why our prices are higher than other companies. This is due to the fact that we offer the highest quality planking available anywhere and our strips are all full length. Other companies use cheaper grades of cedar and do not bother to handle the long lengths. Since they do not build boats do not understand the difference between our product and theirs. They might save you a few dollars but you will not be as satisfied at the end of the day.

We also strive to provide technical support either over the phone or via email. Builders can also log onto our builders forum to chat with others. Glen Smith, a wonderful volunteer from Baie St. Paul, Quebec maintains the Bear Mountain Builders Forum. Without Glen we would not be able to offer this important service free of charge to the boat building community. THANKS Glen!

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Basswood Accent Strips

$30.00

Premium white basswood accents strips, machined with bead and cove edge. The basswood strips (called Linden wood in Europe) are used to create a feature line (es) when mixed with...

Brass Stem Band for Row Boats

From $85.00 - $130.00
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Brass Stem Band for Row Boats

$85.00

2 pieces half oval shape  3/8" wide and 48" long; the first 5 countersunk holes are in place and one end has been shaped. The builder will decide on final length...
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Brass Stem Bands for Canoe (Pair)

$85.00

48" x 3/8" wide - partially shaped and drilled (pair) half oval shape.  The stem bands are fastened with 3/4" # 4 brass screws  [not supplied] (flat or oval head)...
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Brass Stem Bands for Kayaks (Pair)

$85.00

KayakCraft does NOT call for brass stem bands. We had a number of customers report that repeated beach or rocky shelf landings had worn through the epoxy and cloth just...

Bulkheads

From $80.00 - $103.00
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Bulkheads

$80.00

The PolyPlank foam bulkheads serve in two capacities. Assume for the moment that your kayak project will have two storage areas accessed through two hatch covers. The 2" wide bulkheads...
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C.N.C. Canoe Molds

$410.00

CNC technology makes for accurate cutting of the all important station molds. A powerful vacuum holds the 4' x 8' sheet of 5/8" thick particle board locked in place while...
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C.N.C. Kayak Molds

$425.00

CNC technology makes for accurate cutting of the all important station molds. A powerful vacuum holds the 4' x 8' sheet of 5/8" thick particle board firmly in place while...

C.N.C. Small Boat Molds

From $375.00 - $420.00
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C.N.C. Small Boat Molds

$375.00

CNC technology makes for accurate cutting of the all important station molds. A powerful vacuum holds the 4' x 8' sheet of 5/8" thick particle board locked in place while...
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Canoe Hardware Package

$40.00

Our usual package contains 100 - 1"1/4"  #8 Silicon Bronze  flathead, square drive wood screws used to attach outwales (assuming inner gunwales 7/8" wide and outer gunwales 5/8" or 3/4" wide).  We...
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Canoe Seats - Ash with Machine Caned Seats

$120.00

Ash canoe seats - the cane is installed with a spline, includes stainless steel machine screws with nuts and washers for hanging. Extremely durable and rugged.  Price is per pair...
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Canoe Seats - Hand Caned

$245.00

The seat frames are made of Ontario hardwoods (white ash or black cherry) with mortice and tenon joinery. The weaving, in traditional Double Diamond pattern, is done by hand. The...

Canoe Strips

From $165.00 - $1,190.00
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Canoe Strips

$165.00

All the strips measure 1/4" x 13/16"; all are clear Western Red Cedar, vertical grain, full length and milled so that the 8 strips from any one board are packaged together...
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Carrying Yoke

$120.00

These carrying yokes are a 'must' if your canoeing involves any portaging. They are our own custom design (well travelled over the years!) and  deeply dished so the weight of...
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Deck Bungee Cord Kit for Kayaks

$35.00

The deck bungee kit allows the paddler to carry some of his/her kit on the outside of the craft. This is suited for bulky but LIGHTWEIGHT items. As well, one...

Epoxy Kit

$499.00
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Epoxy Kit

$499.00

The epoxy package we use includes premium quality West System® products because we know the system is reliable, as safe as possible and will do the best job in the...
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Extra Bundle of 8 Strips (Needed for Nomad & Prospector)

$165.00

ONE bundle of 8 bead and cove strips (Extra Strips) This bundle is required for for large girth canoes (17' Nomad and 16' Prospector designs) UNLESS you have ordered, for...

Eye Bolt

From $18.00 - $26.00
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Eye Bolt

$18.00

These eye bolts are intended to be installed on row boats. The shank is 3/8" diameter. The eye bolt is useful if the rowboat will be hauled on a trailer...
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Fiberglass Cloth - 60" Wide x 6 oz. (rolled and boxed)

$148.50

We understand the importance of supplying you with cloth that is free of wrinkles and carefully packaged. Applying the glass and epoxy is one of the steps that can get...
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Floorboard Clips

$37.00

These neat brass devices are used to hold floor boards to the transverse "floors" in rowing boats. We ship 22 along with the brass screws. Most suitable for boards 3/8"...
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Foot Braces for Kayaks

$130.00

The kit includes pedals, hardwood backing blocks, rails, sliders. For those builders who will not be adding a rudder, this kit will be attached to the hull in a slightly...
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Geometric Pattern Kit

$165.00

These designs were inspired by the art work of America's southwest Navajo people; the patterns just seemed to fit in with our various watercraft. The kit consists of 32 pieces all...
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Gunnels for Rowboats

$145.00

The gunwales on rowboats tend to be heavier-particularly the outer pair- to handle to repeated strain of the oar being drawn through the water and placing considerable force where the...
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Gunwales for Canoes (supplied full length for all designs)

$145.00

4 piece gunwale set - inners ( 3/4" x 7/8" x length) and outers (5/8" x 7/8" x length). Clear, straight grain, white ash, air dried  We supply air dried wood...

Kayak Rudder

From $205.00 - $249.00
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Kayak Rudder

$205.00

We have experimented with several rudder systems and find the Feathercraft kit to be the most durable and user friendly. The kit includes all cables, mounting brackets. sleeves and fittings. It...
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Kayak Seat (Our Favourite!)

$159.00

Nimbus Creature Comfort Kayak Seat  The Nimbus Creature Comfort Seat is a good choice for comfort and simplicity. Constructed of closed cell foam, it is nylon covered. The back-rest is...
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Kayak Strips: Bead and Cove (Clear, Full Length)

$1,035.00

All the strips measure 1/4" x 13/16" ; all are clear Western Red Cedar, vertical grain, full length and milled so that the 8 strips from any one board are...
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Keel and Keelson for Rice Lake or Stony Lake

$115.00

The inner KEELSON is of white ash and measures 5/8" x 1 1/4" x 16'. The outer KEEL is also of ash and measures 7/8" x 3" x 16'. This...
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Keel for Canoe

$70.00

To keel or not to keel; now, that is a question often asked of us Contrary to an oft repeated statement, keels do not make your canoe "go in a...
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Keelson for Whitehall Row Boat

$39.00

The inner KEELSON resides in a notch cut into the station molds. This piece measures 5/8" x 1 1/4" x 160" and is made of red cedar. The keelson is...

Keyhole Cockpit Coaming Kit

From $175.00 - $185.00
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Keyhole Cockpit Coaming Kit

$175.00

The CNC cut Cockpit COAMING kit consists of 8 pieces of 5 mm Okoume marine grade plywood; this product is generally quite light in colour. (see images). The three base...
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King Board for Kayak

$30.00

The KING BOARD is a feature of kayak decks; it straddles the midline. Typically, it is installed AFTER the first two rows of bead and cove planking have been attached...
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Mooring Cleat

$17.00

The MOORING CLEATS are 4 " long and are secured to the gunwales of a rowboat with silicon bronze screws. They are there to tie off a rope to a...
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Oval BOW (Forward) Hatch Kit for Kayak

$89.00

These items are CNC cut and are produced from sheets of 4mm Okoume marine grade plywood. The two ovals are identical. If you are following KayakCraft, it quickly becomes obvious...
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Oval STERN (Aft) Hatch Kit for Kayak

$109.00

These items are CNC cut and are produced from sheets of 4mm Okoume marine grade plywood. The oval pairs are identical-one attaches UNDER the deck - the second attached to...
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Rowlock Horns

$41.00

Pair, brass
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Rowlock Sockets

$32.00

Pair, brass
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Seat Suspension Bridges

$38.00

The seat "bridges" came about because the traditional dowel posts allowed the seats to sway when one paddled a canoe. There are different length "legs" on the bridges to allow...
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Sheer Clamps for Kayak

$94.00

The sheer clamps are of red cedar and measure 3/4" x 7/8" x length for your project. The sheer clamps reside in a matching notch cut into the station molds...
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Sheer Guards for Kayak

$57.00

The white ash sheer guards measure 3/8" thick x 1" tall x length for your kayak project. The guards cover over the seam created when the deck has been epoxy...
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Shipping Tube

$30.00

Necessary if kit components are being shipped to you by highway trailer or air cargo.3/8" wall, 6" inner diameter x length of strips with end caps.
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Short Thwarts

$18.00

The short thwarts A.K.A. lift handles are mounted below the inwale about 5 inches behind the deck (assuming a deck uo 12" long). They are mounted with a pair of...
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Small Boat Strips for Row Boats

$1,180.00

All the strips measure 1/4" x 13/16" ; all are clear Western Red Cedar, vertical grain, full length and milled so that the 8 strips from any one board are packaged together...
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Stem Stock for a Canoe

$70.00

Inner and outer stems for one canoe. 12 pieces 1/4" x 7/8" x 48" planed 2 faces; generally the outer stem is a mix of ash, white cedar and cherry; the...
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Stem Stock for a Kayak

$70.00

The kit contains 12 pieces planed two faces, air dried for best steam bending characteristics; the four INNERS are 1/4" x 1" x 40" and the two outers are 1/4"...

Stem Stock for Rowing Boats

From $61.00 - $122.00
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Stem Stock for Rowing Boats

$61.00

The stem stock for the Rice Lake (one stem) or the Stony Lake (2 stems) measurements are as follows: Inner Stem has 4 pieces 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 52" (ash and white...
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Swell Nut Locking Levers for Kayak Hatches

$18.00

The swell nut (expanding rubber sleeve does the swelling) levers are a simple way to secure the kayak hatches when under way. They work in conjunction with the CNC oval...

Thwart (Regular or Narrow)

From $37.00 - $42.00
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Thwart (Regular or Narrow)

$37.00

Available in ash or black cherry - 32" or 34" long Includes mounting hardware (4 brass or carriage bolts) The thwarts MUST be mounted at the BALANCE POINT of the...
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Transom Kit for Rice Lake and Whitehall

$84.00

There are transom kits for the RICE LAKE and Ontario WHITEHALL rowing boats. The material can be mahogany, white oak, white ash or black cherry. The kit will have 3...

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